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Back in Circulation (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Mystery, Drama | 25 September 1937 (USA)
Morning Express ace reporter 'Timmy' Blake uses her wiles and charms to get the scoop on rival papers, and keep her editor happy. When the Express gets a tip that a wealthy old man was ... See full summary »

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

Warren Duff (screen play), Adela Rogers St. Johns (from a story by: Cosmopolitan Magazine)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Pat O'Brien ... Bill Morgan
Joan Blondell ... 'Timmy' Blake
Margaret Lindsay ... Arline Wade
John Litel ... Dr. Eugene Forde
Eddie Acuff ... Murphy
Craig Reynolds ... 'Snoop' Davis
George E. Stone ... Mac (as George Stone)
Walter Byron ... Carlton Whitney
Ben Welden ... Sam Sherman
Regis Toomey ... Buck
Raymond Brown Raymond Brown ... Attorney Bottsford
Gordon Hart Gordon Hart ... Dr. Hanley
Granville Bates ... Dr. Evans
Herbert Rawlinson ... District Attorney Saunders
Spencer Charters ... The Sheriff
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Morning Express ace reporter 'Timmy' Blake uses her wiles and charms to get the scoop on rival papers, and keep her editor happy. When the Express gets a tip that a wealthy old man was poisoned and 'Timmy' spots the young widow in a nightclub only a day later, she descends on the town where the death took place to dig out the facts. When her reporting results in the arrest of the young widow, 'Timmy' continues to dig, since she isn't quite convinced that the facts she reported cover all the angles. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Comedy | Mystery | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angle Shooter See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The opening train wreck was done using pre-WWII O gauge Lionel trains and 1:48 scale signals. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie when Timmy runs from the bar, realizing that she needs to ask the doctor what he could be hiding that Aline would die for, she doesn't have a purse. When we next see her, purse is in hand. See more »

Quotes

Taxi Driver: You city fellas come down here about the Wade poisoning?
'Snoop' Davis: No. No, we're interested in the local ski jumping.
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Trouble Don't Like Music
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Music by Saul Chaplin
First tune played at the Casino Club
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Warners film starring Joan Blondell and Pat O'Brien
30 March 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

There were a few films in the '30s that set the stage for a lot of imitations. One was "It Happened One Night," which gave rise to dozens of films about heiresses, and the other was "The Front Page" from 1931, about a reporter and an editor. "Back in Circulation" is the latter, from 1937.

Here, the reporter is beautiful Joan Blondell, as sparkling and energetic as ever, and her editor is Pat O'Brien (who also appeared in "The Front Page"). Blondell is Timmy, a crafty reporter good at getting in on the most important stories, no matter what she has to do. O'Brien is Bill Morgan, who knows Timmy is the best and is constantly sending her out.

When a wealthy man dies, Bill receives a letter saying he was poisoned, so he dispatches Timmy to investigate. She's able to stop the funeral and convince the medical examiner to do an autopsy. Turns out he was poisoned, and suspicion falls on his wife (Margaret Lindsay). The paper goes after her in a big way, but after Timmy spends some time with her, she begins to suspect that the widow is innocent and hiding something. This puts her at odds with Bill.

Thanks to Blondell's performance, this movie manages to come off, though it isn't the tightest script. It flip-flops between comedy and heavy drama, and the alliance is uneasy.

John Litel and Regis Toomey are featured. Lindsay gives a '30s-style performance, and today it sticks out as being melodramatic. That was the style, and that's the way many roles were written. This was on its way out of style due to stars like Bette Davis.

Entertaining. Always a pleasure to see Blondell in a film.


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